Libation of Liberty III: Tasting Notes

20 Jan

My participation in US President Obama’s inauguration involved tasting two of the wines that were poured at today’s inaugural luncheon (see my previous post for more).  Here are my notes:

Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Napa Valley, California $43.99 Everything Wine
Duckhorn likes to blend a bit of Semillon into its Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux-style, and this vint07-sauvignon-blancage has 25% Semillon in the mix, adding to the richness and complexity.  The nose is moderately intense, with ripe tropical fruit, lemon, cut grass, and cream soda.  The palate is rich and full, displaying excellent balance between crisp citrus, fruit cocktail and sweet cream.  Decent length with a touch of toast on the finish. Best through 2010. 91 points – Excellent

Duckhorn Vineyards
Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2005
Anderson Valley, California $89.99
Everything Wine
The premium Pinot from Goldeneye has a pretty ruby-brick colour and a prettier strawberry-cherry nose. Deeper into the bouquet are more classic Pinot characters such as earth, clove spice and rich caramel. The mouthfeel is rich, yet bright, with red berries, sugarplums, black pepper and creamy vanilla-oak.  Good acid and tannin structure on the finish, indicating a few years in the cellar is a good option.  A very good Pinot – and it should be for the price. 90 points – Excellent


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One Response to “Libation of Liberty III: Tasting Notes”

  1. Rob Saro January 20, 2009 at 22:28 #

    I’ve had Duckhorn Merlot a few times. It was great. I am sure their other wines are of the same caliber

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